The Dutch Polymer Institute (DPI) presented the DPI Invention Award for the fourth time at the European Polymer Congress 2013 in Pisa, Italy. The award is granted to a researcher who has made a significant contribution to the development of polymer research and technology in Europe and enabled scientific knowledge to be quickly converted into industrial applications.
This year's winner was Dr. Rob Duchateau, who was being recognised for his scientific output in the last few years and for his application of fundamental knowledge as a catalyst for various polymer processes and properties. The organisers of the European Polymer Congress and DPI devoted a special session to the award ceremony on Thursday 20 June. The session featured three lectures by academics working in the same field as the award winner, as well as a lecture by Dr. Duchateau himself.
DPI Invention Award
The DPI Invention Award is presented on a biennial basis to a researcher from the DPI network in order to stress the importance of inventions. The most important criteria in selecting the winner of the award are the number of inventions in combination with their scientific level and industrial relevance. Previous winners of the award were Professor D.J. Broer and Dr. C.W.M. Bastiaansen (2007), Professor U.S. Schubert (2009) and Professor C.E. Koning (2011).
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